RARE  RISINGSTARS 2010 The UK’s Top 10 Black Students
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Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka

University of Cambridge
PhD Chemical Engineering
Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka
"I spent my nights sleeping on the floor of a convent and I had to make literally all of the equipment for this project from scratch."

Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka was studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as part of an exclusive one-year exchange programme with Cambridge University when he decided to make the most of other opportunities available to him in the United States.

He exhibited his photography in a Boston museum and spent one month in Haiti researching the possibility of using sugar cane charcoal as an alternative fuel.

RRS 2011: Replayed – 5th placed star, Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka, talks about his time studying at both ‘Cambridges’ as well as his experiences as a Blue’s boxer and opera star.

His market research was later used to help win the MIT $100,000 Entrepreneurship Competition in 2007, as well as the $200,000 World Bank Global Development Marketplace Competition in 2008.

Ssegawa-Ssekintu became the youngest ever nominee at the global Institution of Chemical Engineers Awards in 2010 and was awarded third place in the Young Engineer of the Year category. In March 2011, he was also featured in tce the UK's most widely read magazine for the chemical and process industries.

Despite his stellar academic record and the demands of maintaining it, Ssegawa-Ssekintu has also found time to notch up other extra-curricular achievements. From 2009 2010, the former Whitgift School head boy received a Full Blue in Boxing, the highest sporting honour at Cambridge University. Ssegawa-Ssekintu was then elected to the position of captain by fellow club-mates. His performance as Puck in Shadwell Opera's Edinburgh Fringe Festival take on A Midsummer Night's Dream received rave reviews including one by critic David Nice for The Arts Desk.

Ssegawa-Ssekintu is also the lead vocalist in the classical-meets-hip hop-meets-dance outfit Clean Bandit.

"If you are going to do something in life, you've got to do it and want to make an impact."